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Antigua PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Tapas

By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of Antigua's Chochinita SlidersIf you only look to the Third Ward or Downtown Milwaukee for your meals, then you’re missing out on a number of remarkable restaurants. One in particular is Antigua Mexican and Latin Restaurant in West Allis. Dining at Antigua is a culinary experience like no other in the local area, whether it’s their endless specials (Twitter Tuesdays – Tweet from Antigua and get a free drink of your choice!) or their 40+ menu options, you will always leave full and planning your next visit to continue working your way through the menu.

When you grab your seat, you immediately see the difference between Antigua and a typical Mexican restaurant experience. Instead of your usual chips and salsa, Antigua gives each table an assortment of appetizers — a plate with Potato Coquettes, Pork Empanadas and Mango Quesadillas — pleasant and utterly delicious!

a picture of Antigua's Paella de MariscosThe Yolanda Empanada ($7.79) is an Argentinean dish that combines ingredients that might surprise you on paper, but I promise you will make your mouth smile. These empanadas are filled with seasoned beef, bell peppers, onions, olives, raisins and hard boiled eggs. Trust me, you are probably thinking the same thing I thought when I read this menu description, but every one of your thoughts are proved 100% incorrect when you take just one bite. This will actually be the very first thing I order again on my next visit!

Antigua has found a way to pack a ridiculous amount of flavor into their three small pulled pork sandwiches called Chochinita Sliders ($6.99). They could easily get away with raising the prices on these taste explosion sandwiches and I would order them all the same. Another must-try!

I have to admit that Antigua blew my mind with their Paella de Mariscos ($32.95) both in flavor and in sheer volume. An exceptionally generous serving of pan-cooked rice with shrimp, mussels, fish, bell peppers, onions and seasoned with saffron, this is an astounding menu option and, considering that they add two whole lobster tails to the middle of the Paella, you will not find a better deal anywhere in the area!

a picture of Antigua's GuacamoleA few other items that made it to the party were the Yuca Fries ($6.25) served with homemade cilantro aioli and the fresh-made Guacamole ($7.15). These tapas were great to enjoy between our dishes and were passed around the table numerous times, as everyone was in agreement on how delectable they were.

The service and recommendations by the staff at Antigua were stellar, and I have no doubt your experience would be the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the extensive and diverse menu Antigua has put together. You can taste and feel the passion they put into their food, and each dish is as unique as the next. As much as I enjoyed the meal, the 5-10 minutes I spent talking with owners Nicolas Ramos and Citlali Mendieta are what I will remember the most. They spoke so highly of the neighborhood, their love of the neighborhood and their goal of continuing to provide a one-of-a-kind restaurant experience in West Allis. I wish them luck, and I know I will be back numerous for both the food and the conversation.


Antigua
5823 West Burnham Street
West Allis, WI 53219
(414) 321-5775
 
Hinterland PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Tapas

By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of Hinterland's Veal Sweetbread and Morel Pate

Hinterland raised the bar for dining in the Third Ward with the creative and multicultural approach from Executive Chef Dan Van Rite. With a menu that can change daily to accommodate what’s fresh and in season, the staff at Hinterland is capturing the hearts of foodies and those looking for a menu not easily found elsewhere in Milwaukee.

Their starter menu provides a number of options you’ll be hard-pressed to find on most other local menus. So, we began our unique experience with the Veal Sweetbread and Morel Paté ($13) served with pickled fennel, mustard crème and mizuna. It was served with crostini-style bread and easily spreadable for you to enjoy. I was absolutely in love with the sharpness of the flavors and didn’t speak while this was on the table. Please do yourself a favor and not shy away from their sweetbread and paté; the flavors and overall aromatics are absolutely hypnotizing and will only leave you with only one complaint at the end of the dish — why did I eat it so quickly?!

a picture of Hinterland's Seared Halibut CheeksThe skills of Chef Dan Van Rite are evident when you go from Veal Sweetbread and Morel Paté to Pan-seared Halibut Cheeks ($13). A fresh garbanzo bean salad, wood sorrel yogurt sauce and jicama all surrounded by Halibut Cheeks were almost too beautiful to eat. I absolutely love food, and seeing this dish and the skill used in creating the flavors makes you appreciate every bite, no matter how big or small the plate may be.

Hinterland brought out an in-house and homemade sausage that only deepened my appreciation for the time they take with their food. While our table decided who got the last bite, we anxiously awaited an entrée special that I have heard many of my foodie friends talk about in the past – Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs ($26).

a picture of Hinterland's Slow-Braised Beef Short RibsThe short ribs came sitting on a bed of creamy white corn polenta, broccolini and a port thyme gastrique (a classic French sauce), which only enhanced the natural flavors from the short ribs. Flanking the short ribs were two large scallops that were seared to a light brown color, and their subtle sweet richness was a great complement to the creamy polenta and rich short ribs.

Hinterland has always exceeded my expectations, whether it be for a quick small plate bite at the bar, a $3 Baja Taco experience during Happy Hour on Tuesdays or a full meal at the Chef’s Table. If you want a change from the ordinary, let the staff at Hinterland introduce you to ingredients and flavors that you might not otherwise experience. I appreciate their creativity and uncommon pairings, and I know there are many dishes there waiting for you to fall in love with.

Hinterland
222 E Erie St # 8
Milwaukee, WI 53202-6000
(414) 727-9300

 
Ginger PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Tapas

By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of Ginger's Catania Toasts

Ginger is tapas. That’s what they do and, from my experiences, they do it well. Sourcing ingredients from their own backyard, local farmers markets and with their seasonal menu, you can sense the local love and pride that goes into their dishes.

While looking over the very diverse and appetizing tapas menu, it was only natural to enjoy their signature cocktails. We were there on a Wednesday during their Wine Night, which means ½ off all bottles of wine, but we passed up that deal to enjoy a Mango Margarita with a Chile Salted Rim ($7.5), a delicious white rum and dark rum Mojito ($8) and, my favorite, a Blackberry Poblano Margarita ($10) that managed to maintain a balance of spicy and sweet with each sip. These were excellent recommendations and pairings for the tapas that were about to arrive.

a picture of Ginger's Peruvian CivicheThe Catania Toasts ($8) were a great starter for the Ginger experience. A gorgonzola cream tops a grilled baguette with a slice of prosciutto, roasted red pepper and crisped leeks, all served with a small dish of olives that added an unbelievable saltiness to the toasts when combined. A great way to get your palate ready for a food-filled night.

A little secret at Ginger is the Peruvian Ceviche that hit our table. The colors and flavors were absolutely one-of-a-kind, and Ginger skillfully prepares shrimp and scallops in citrus and serves them with fried plantains and boiled sweet potatoes. You might not see this Peruvian dish on the menu when you visit, but ask the server about it to check on its availability based on the seasonal menu.

In between dishes, I asked a few staff members what their favorite dishes were and unanimously, without hesitation, everyone replied the Shrimp La Mancha ($11). The Shrimp La Mancha consists of six large shrimp pan-seared and served on a generous bed of Manchego Polenta. What I loved most about this dish were the robust flavors from the shrimp-polenta combo, but after that, the hearty spoonfuls of pure cheese polenta I shoved into my mouth trying to get every bite I could off the plate. The staff was right, and I will gladly join the ranks of those that recommend Shrimp La Mancha without hesitation.

a picture of Ginger's Shrimp La ManchaA small and light dish rounded out the evening and left a clean and fresh taste in my mouth for the rest of the night. The Seaweed and Cucumber Salad ($5.5) with sesame soy vinaigrette dressing was a surprise hit and was a great end to the evening. You could easily enjoy this salad as a first course to start off light or do as we did and end on a light note.

I’m already planning my next visit that will undoubtedly include the Shrimp La Mancha, but a few items I saw on the menu that still tempt me are Duck Nachos and the Fried Goat Cheese. I can already see myself on the Ginger patio with a Blackberry Poblano Margarita and six or seven small plates in front of me. I think you should do the same!

Ginger
235 South 2nd
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 220-9420

 
Swig PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Tapas

By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

A picture of Swig's Peppercorn Encrusted TunaSwig sits comfortably in the Third Ward and has always been a personal favorite. The location is relaxing, the food always comforting and it’s a perfect group meeting place that caters to all appetites. In the mood for something light while your friends are looking for something hearty? Swig is the perfect solution with a small plate menu that rivals their entrée portions. The conversation will shift from hunger to pure indecisiveness in a matter of minutes.

On our visit we started with the Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna ($9) that was pan-seared, laid lightly on mixed greens and surrounded by mango chutney that added the most mouth-watering contrast to the spicy pepper flavor coating the expertly-cooked tuna. Once the tuna had been devoured from the plate, the table quickly divided up the mango chutney to make the dish last that much longer.

After a cold glass of wine, our Black Bean Cakes (4 for $7.50) were brought to the table. Topped with cilantro sour cream and served with a salsa for dipping, Chef Alex Sazama delivered once again. The outside of the cakes were lightly browned and crispy, with the soft interior delivering the black bean flavor that was only amplified by the salsa we drizzled over each bite. I have no doubt you will enjoy each bite, but I can almost guarantee you will kick yourself when you realize all four of the Black Bean Cakes are gone. In other words, just go for the order of seven and save yourself the heartache.

a picture of Swig's hummus dishSmall plates mean a lot of variety and a chance to try a number of different creations, so the Hummus with Pita was up next for the table. A fresh garbanzo bean dip all served with red onions, sprouts, a tomato cucumber salsa and feta cheese made this “small” plate seem quite large. Swig gives you a generous amount of pita bread, but also a large serving of hummus, so it all worked out in the end. I enjoyed the fact that I could build my pita and hummus as I saw fit. One bite with hummus and sprouts, the next with a ridiculous amount of feta and sprouts with a dollop of hummus — you can do what you want with this dish, which makes its all that more exciting and enjoyable.

a picture of Swig's Deconstructed Beef WellingtonA brand new creation from Chef Alex is not necessarily a small dish but trust me, if you’ve noticed the photo, you won’t care. Swig just began serving a possible first in Milwaukee — the de-constructed Beef Wellington. A flaky puff pastry stuffed with a mushroom tapenade, topped with a steak, add another layer of mushroom tapenade and asparagus and you have an absolutely delectable creation by Chef Alex.


Swig delivers endless flavors, whether it’s in a newly-created dish or a small plate option. If you’ve been to Swig, not much in this article will surprise you, but if you haven’t yet had a chance to experience what they have to offer, simply look at their photos and just imagine how good they would taste. Enjoy!

Swig
217 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 431-7944

 
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